A landmark partnership between GCU and NHS Lanarkshire was set to bring major benefits for patients, students and academics. The University and the health body agreed to collaborate to create three University hospitals at Monklands, Wishaw General and Hairmyres, where world-leading academics would work alongside staff to tackle key health challenges.

This development recognises our international reputation in applied health research, particularly within public health and the management of long-term health conditions. Local patients will benefit from care and intervention that is underpinned and enhanced by robust research.

Professor Pamela Gillies CBE FRSE
Principal and Vice-Chancellor

NHS Lanarkshire’s Dr Eamonn Brankin said: “We are at the beginning of a journey that we hope will see ever closer working between NHS Lanarkshire and GCU.”

It is expected that the data gathered by researchers in fields such as falls, strokes, and diabetes will inform patient care and improve healthcare across Lanarkshire.

Five subject areas at GCU were ranked in the Top 10 in the UK in league tables published by the Complete University Guide.

Optometry, Ophthalmology & Orthoptics and Podiatry (Complementary Medicine) were second in the UK at subject level. Social Work and Forensic Science ranked eighth best in the UK, and Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation & Tourism subjects were fifth in the UK.

GCU also rose in the Guide’s rankings to 78th of 129 UK universities and was rated second top-performing Scottish modern university and ranked tenth in Scotland.